Dedicated listeners and underwriters met the WKMS spring fundraiser goal of $130,000 in community support in early May. WKMS-FM is the listener supported public media service of Murray State University, serving southernmost Illinois, northwestTennessee, and western Kentucky. Individual contributions and matching grants go to the WKMS budget for programming, transmission, and related expenses for the 100,000 watt public service.
Community support allows WKMS to provide a full schedule of national and international news, award-winning WKMS Regional News, as well as a variety of music, including a second channel dedicated to music only. It also provides the foundation for WKMS qualifying for grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and support from Murray State.
WKMS held drawings for thank you gifts throughout the spring campaign and two Grand Prize Drawings once goal was met. Larry and Ellen Contri of Murray receive the iPad donated by the WKMS Community Advisory Board. Ron and Constance Talent of Almo receive the Big Green Egg Package donated by Akridge Farm Supply/Ace Hardware of Eddyville and Fredonia. Jon and Adelia Sams of Metropolis receive a Kindle Fire. Annette Douglas of Paris receives a guitar donated by Unga Bunga Music in Paducah. Anne and Amos Allen of Farmington receive a basketball signed by the 2012 Racer’s Basketball team
A total of 1063 pledges came from listeners in twelve states. Listeners in Murray andPaducah combined contributed 50 percent of the total. Residents of Hopkinsville,Madisonville, and Cadiz, in that order, served as the next largest contributing cities. The station gained 88 new members during the spring campaign. Over 60 volunteers helped by taking pledges from listeners by phone or by joining WKMS staff on-air and 25 local restaurants supplied food for the staff and volunteers.
The station also received generous Corporate Matching Grants to encourage listener gifts from the following businesses listed by community: Calvert City: Ashland; Hazel: Magnolia Tea Room, Shops of Hazel; Madisonville: Madisonville Community College;Mayfield: FNB Bank; Murray: Acupuncture Clinic of West Kentucky, Attorney David Perlow, Edward Jones Offices of Andrew Norman and Eric Penniston, Farmer and Robertson Family Dentistry, Grey’s Properties, Hillyard Field Organics, Lee Jewelry Artisans, Red Bug on 3rd, St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Maple Center; Paducah: Flamingo Row, Henneberger-Flynn Insurance Agency, HomePro Audio & Video, Hughes Funeral Home, Inkwell Creative Media, Mazzone Communications/Paducah Life Magazine, Paducah Bank, Paducah Power System, Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine, Rehab Associates/goPerformance, Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Taylor Group, PLLC, USEC; Princeton: Eddy Grove Vineyard.
WKMS is a listener supported public radio station serving western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois, and northwestern Tennessee. The station's media services include 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, Tenn., and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 101.5 Madisonville. The station also offers both channels WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at wkms.org, where schedules of programs are also on view.